Arrest over road rage attack on cyclist

Last updated 21:48 15/01/2012

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Police have arrested a man over an alleged road rage attack on an American cyclist in Wellington.

A 39-year-old man, who was driving a rental car at the time of the incident, was charged with assault tonight, Inspector Paris Razos said.

Razos said while the phenomenon of road rage was unpredictable, it was also preventable.

"Show understanding and courtesy for other road users. If someone becomes irate on the road, you can help prevent an incident by being patient and not getting involved."

Russ Roca, 33, and partner Laura Crawford, 32, said they were cycling on a two-lane section of Riddiford St, Newtown, about 4.30pm last Tuesday when a man became irate and lashed out at them.

The couple said the man pulled over and ran after the couple, tackling Mr Roca off his bike and punching him in the face.

The man accused of the attack will appear in Wellington District Court on Wednesday.

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